Then & Now: ICE “On the Record” About Opting-Out

An ICE memo on how to opt-out of Secure Communities is no longer online. Elise Foley got a tip that it “mysteriously disappeared” from the re-vamped ICE website.

We thought it was worth looking at a few recent documents where various ICE officials explained how to make an opt-out request. It isn’t clear if ICE will follow its instructions when it starts to meet with counties that have requested to opt-out. Two meetings are scheduled after the Nov. 2 election. Since Napolitano wrote the letter below she has since said, “we do not view this as an opt-in, opt-out program.”

Click on the excerpts below to see the full documents from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secure Communities Assistant Director David Venturella, and the ICE Memo, “Setting the Record Straight.”

Letter to Rep. Zoe Lofgren signed by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Letter to Santa Clara County from David Venturella, Asst. Dir. of Secure Communities

ICE Memo, "Setting the Record Straight," now missing from the ICE website.

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